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of the medicare payroll tax that sir tax on those over the 500,000 and then you're going to see somewhat probably at a much higher level, much higher level of the excise tax. i think that and the reality to you, ed s. where we're going to end up. the bottom line is to stand back. >> that is politically tough for the president because he told union leaders that he would not go after their benefits and tax them. it's going to be -- you know, a hit on middle class families. we are democrats that should understand that this is about the american family that george bush -- you talked about how many jobs are created. george bush's regime, only 1 million jobs have been created in this whole eight years and then president clinton is 23 million. so we've got to remember that these workers, their medium level of income decreased during the last eight years, $2,000. >> great to have you on tonight. >> thank you for having me, ed. >> coming up, eliot spitzer made a career of locking up boys on wall street. that's next. (announcer) we understand. you want to grow internationally. (announcer) we understand. wh
, strengthen medicare for seniors, and stop insurance company abuses, let me know. let me know. let me know. i'm eager to see it. >> president obama last night daring his critics to come to the table with a better plan for health care reform. he wants congress to get it done. and today, house speaker nancy pelosi promised that they would pass a bill by any means necessary. joining me now is ohio congressman and former presidential candidate, dennis kucinich. congressman, good to have you on tonight. . good to be with you. >> your thoughts on a way forward at this point? it looks like there's going to have to be major concessions, even though there is a few issues here, on the senate side or the house side to finally get something going. give us that path. what do you think, dennis? >> well, first of all, my own personal opinion, ed, is that the senate bill is a nonstarter, that we should pay attention to what happened in massachusetts, take a deep breath, take a step back, create millions of jobs, regain the confidence in the american people and then come back with a bill that the president ap
patch this bill, do a lot of good things. they could even extend medicare down to age 55 as they were talking about a few weeks ago a lot of other good things. there's only one way to get there though, that is for the house to pass the senate bill. then -- you know, it is a bank shot. they need -- they need to have some -- some understanding, maybe even on paper, that these -- these senate reconciliation amendments would then be applied with 51 votes, but if they get that, then they should go ahead and pass the senate bill, which then would make health care law. and that would advance the process and they could proceed to fixing it but the idea now of saying, oh, oh, we have got to do all these other things first, let's just wait, that's what the president was speaking against last night. and it is as much the responsibility of liberals like kucinich as it is conservatives to keep their eye on the ball and ram this sucker home. >> well, this is -- it appears tonight only way this is going to get done, but it looks like the most influential person in this right now would be nancy pelos
, is the only way to reduce the deficit, medicare and medicaid. but more importantly, health care is the right thing to do for america and for all families. i think he has to put them all together. >> it is. all right, it is an important thing. today you were speaking at the center for american progress and you made the statement that the country's labor activists will not be eager to help the democratic party in 2010 in the elections if things don't happen whether it comes to health care. are you willing to say tonight that it won't be the same support from unions in this country if the democrats don't get this done? >> well, what i can say with absolute assurety is that our members are not democrats or republicans, they're not left or right. they do what's right or wrong for their families. they have told us over and over again, they need some peace of mind, some security, some guarantees about health care. and i don't care what any union leader says or any candidate says, unless the democratic party takes advantage of the majorities they have, and do something about health care, i couldn't
that working people have it too good, too much health care, too much social security and medicare, too much power on the job are inviting a repeat of 1994. now f. this doesn't signal a warning and you consider how many boots are on the ground labor dead, how much social networking they did and how much money they raised for democratic candidates f. this isn't a shot over the bow officially at the international press club, this is saying, hey, fellas, we're not going to be there in 2010. we're walking right down the road for a repeat of '94. what's your response to this this? >> i think you're right. there's a lot riding on how we strike a balance. and if you create a health care plan where middle class families feel like they are going backwards rather than forwards, that's a recipe for trouble. repealed within a year for the same reason and clinton health care plan, i think it really failed for that same reason. >> and finally congressman, i'm told that they are working on a compromise, that they would tax the top 2% income tax and then not go after taxing the health care benefits as much
for people under $90,000 and a pre-existing condition in there and close the loophole in medicare. and maybe they will get to the prescription drug thing and work on that. you think that's a lot? we're playing cards now. you're taking that deck. that's enough. you're ready to go with that. >> i have insurance and you have insurance. if i did not have insurance and worried about bankruptcy of one member of my bankruptcy gets sick or if my child has a fever, i'd have to go to a public hospital and i'd be in favor of going john mccain and say, senator mccain -- >> got you. appreciate you being on. >> 79% of you said no. that's "the ed show." chris matthews is next with hardball. we'll see you tomorrow night >>> what the truck happened in massachusetts? let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm it chris matthews. health hazard, lexington and concord in massachusetts, a commonwealth that has been electing liberal democrats for half a semplgry has elected a conservative republican as its new u.s. senator. what was behind it? an attractive candidate driving a truck, a democratic candidate politicall
stops us from repealing the medicare part d giveaway to the pharmaceutical companies of a few years ago. so there are things that we can do that can directly address concerns that the american people v. >> what has gone wrong here, congressman? has the white house blown it on health care? look, we don't need to -- i'm not going to pile on the president. i will say. this the white house needs a slightly different perspective than mr. geithner and mr. summers are offering on the economy. i think they are out of touch. i don't think they have any clue what it means for the american family struggling to survive, because if they did they would demand banks loan money to companies, create jobs. demand that wall street creates jobs them wouldn't be saying there is a certain amount of unemployment that is sufficient for the proper functioning of the economy. they would be about jobs, jobs, jobs, we get america moving again. you know what they are not -- that is not where they are from and that is too bad. they are doing a disservice to the president. >> all right. so, the president today pretty
think working people have it too good, too much health care, too much social security, too much medicare, too much power on the job, are actually inviting a repeat of 1994. >> wow. couldn't persuade people to go to the polls. after eight years of bush and cheney, do you think that we would really have that problem just two years in to change? pretty powerful message. now the president's supporters are already being asked to swallow the fact that, well, there's just not going to be any public option. single payor, that wasn't even at the table. now they're being asked to support a tax on so-called cadillac plans. come on. the white house claims that this exice t exi exi exize tax will be mostly footed by businesses and insurance companies. what sounds more like you big companies will eat a tax for providing generous health plans or that they'll cut benefits to avoid the tax? i think we'll go to the latter on that one. that is what the unions are really afraid of in this whole scenarios that might be played out in front of our eyes. a recent congressional analysis found the biggest portion
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